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Declining Importance of Books: Get Over It
July/August 2005 (vol. 7 no. 4)
pp. 64, 63
Sorel Reisman, California State University System
Despite a continuing decline in book readership and the use of libraries among younger generations, the author wonders why so many of his colleagues persist in taking these trends as a sure sign that civilization is coming to an end. The article points out that learning and teaching will inevitably continue, albeit through varying mediums, and that there's really no overwhelming reason to worry about the declining importance of books. Just as the printing press revolutionized the way people received their information, so too has the Internet upped the ante in terms of accessibility. According to the author, information--books included--will continue to be digitized and libraries will still be around; only as storage warehouses for those antiquated things called books.
Index Terms:
declining reading habits, Gutenberg press, libraries, the Protestant Reformation, the Industrial Revolution, pre-Internet generation, high-tech knowledge, book obsolescence, Web pages, younger generation
Citation:
Sorel Reisman, "Declining Importance of Books: Get Over It," IT Professional, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 64, 63, July-Aug. 2005, doi:10.1109/MITP.2005.85
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